Friday, July 25 2008
Evansville’s Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel will present a balanced budget to the City Council for the fifth year in a row. With ever increasing costs across the board this is not an easy task. Read the whole story below.
Mayor/City Present 2009 Budget
(EVANSVILLE, IN)- Like its residents, the City of Evansville is feeling the effects of dramatically increased fuel, utility and health insurance costs. Utility and fuel costs alone (excluding water and sewer) are projected to rise by more than $1 million in 2009. Still Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel will present a balanced budget to City Council for the fifth year in a row.
“To offset increased costs in 2009, we have cut department operational budget requests by $1 million and capital expenditure requests by $6 million,” said Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Although other cities have begun laying off employees and cutting programs, Evansville is able to continue providing expected services through increased efficiencies. We are working leaner and smarter as we continue to prepare for the tough decisions to be made in 2010 due to expected circuit breaker losses of $3.1 million.”
The sewer operating fund experienced the largest increase overall of $4.3 million and the waterworks general fund increased by $4.1 million, both largely due to capital projects. The General Fund increased $2.7 million due to increases in health insurance, liability insurance, fuel and utilities. Health insurance claims alone are expected to increase 10% or $1.4 million. All full time city employees will be receiving a pay raise of $500 in 2009.
Before the city can finalize its budget for 2009, it must receive additional information from the state. The City is waiting for details about expected revenues from property tax levies and income tax revenues. The state has also failed to provide guidance on how much of the police and fire pension it will be taking over as a result of HEA 1001.
2009 BUDGET FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARINGS SCHEDULE
August 11, 2008, Monday, 3:30 pm, Room 302, Mayor’s Conference Room, Civic Center
August 12, 2008, Tuesday, 3:30pm, Room 302, Mayor’s Conference Room, Civic Center
4:30 pm - Various Park Facilities
August 13, 2008, Wednesday, 3:30 pm, Room 302, Mayor’s Conference Room, Civic Center 3:30 pm - Police
4:15 pm - Fire
August 14, 2008, Thursday, 3:30 pm, Room 302, Mayor’s Conference Room, Civic Center